Seborrheic Keratoses

What Causes Seborrheic Keratoses?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of seborrheic keratoses we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow seborrheic keratoses to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind seborrheic keratoses consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to seborrheic keratoses.  For example, weakened immune system.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
coated tongue
cysts in breasts
prednisone use
slow recovery from colds/flu
chronic productive cough
frequent infections
highly elevated eosinophil count
frequent colds/flus
tonsils/adenoids out after age 20
recent transplant surgery
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of seborrheic keratoses.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about seborrheic keratoses:
Do you have any Seborrheic Keratoses? They have a waxy, stuck-on look, like brown candle wax dropped on the skin. Color ranges from light tan to dark brown or black. They may be smooth, or rough and crumbly; size varies from tiny spots to inches long.
Possible responses:
→ None / don't know
→ I believe I have a few
→ I have some (5-10)
→ I have many (11-30)
→ I have very many (over 30)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate having a few seborrheic keratoses, having some seborrheic keratoses or having many seborrheic keratoses, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Weakened Immune System.  An immune system that is weakened, for example by chemotherapy or AIDS, is less able to fight off the effects of the sun radiation.
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